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Parkes and Forbes learner drivers set to benefit from free online workshop

GREAT INITIATIVE: Free workshops are available online for parents and supervisors of learner drivers. Photo: SUPPLIED.
GREAT INITIATIVE: Free workshops are available online for parents and supervisors of learner drivers. Photo: SUPPLIED.

It's one of the most important things a parent can teach their teenager to do - learn to drive safely, and fortunately the council is doing their bit to lighten that stressful load.

Parkes and Forbes Shire Councils will be hosting two more online workshops for parents, and other supervisors of local learner drivers, full of practical advice and information about completing the 120 hours of supervised driving.

The free 'Helping Learner Drivers Become Safer Drivers' workshops are scheduled for Wednesday, October 13 and Wednesday, October 27 from 5.30pm.

Parkes, Forbes and Lachlan Shire Council's road safety and injury prevention officer, Melanie Suitor, said due to COVID-19 restrictions four of these online workshops have been held in the second half of 2020 and first half of 2021.

"It's unfortunate that the COVID-19 restrictions haven't allowed us to deliver the workshops as we usually would face to face, however the online delivery will hopefully make it more easily accessible for participants to attend," she said.

"Parents and supervisors of learner drivers have a crucial role to play in making our roads safer.

"That is why we have teamed up with Transport for NSW, and other councils across the Western Region, to hold another one of these workshops via Zoom," said Ms Suitor.

Ms Suitor said many previous participants had provided very positive feedback on the workshops, and what it had meant for their supervising role.

"Parents and supervisors who have attended this workshop in the past have found that it boosted their confidence, helped them better plan driving sessions and allowed them to share their experiences with other parents and supervisors," she said

Participants can attend from the safety and comfort of their own home, and the estimated run time is around 75 minutes.

Topics covered

  • The licencing system
  • How to use the Learner Driver logbook
  • The use of digital logbooks
  • Licence conditions for learner and P-plate drivers
  • Benefits of on-road driving sessions
  • Tips on supervising a learner driver

Bookings are essential, and can be made online via Eventbrite, the council's Facebook page or by calling Ms Suitor on (02) 6861 2364.